Pakistan FM Qureshi Says India Can Join SAARC Summit Virtually

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday expressed his country’s readiness to host the 19th SAARC Summit, stating that India can join the summit virtually.

Speaking at a press conference about his ministry’s achievements in the year 2021, Qureshi called on India not to stop others from attending the moot.

“I reiterate the invitation for the 19th SAARC summit. If India is not ready to come to Islamabad, it can join virtually but it should not stop others from attending it,” Qureshi said but did not mention the date of the summit.

“Unfortunately, ties with India in 2021 were frozen. In our view, the potential of regional cooperation has been hit by aggressive Hindutva behavior in recent years,” Qureshi said. 

Though Qureshi said Pakistan was willing to have peaceful relations with its all neighbors, including India, but said peace with New Delhi was not possible without resolving the Kashmir issue.

SAARC, a regional grouping comprising Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, has not been very effective since 2016.

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